This project is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry 2012.
Everybody knows that when the holidays roll around, you had better have a wreath on your door. If you don’t, well, then…. You’re just scrooge-like. 😉 Just joking. I’m really bad about getting wreaths up. I have some friends that have them on their doors year-round. I’m inspired by those friends. I was browsing through several paper stores here in Denver searching for holiday gift-wrap when I saw a garland and some other mantle decor made from paper poinsettias. I thought I could re-create the poinsettias and use them for a colorful wreath. A wreath made from paper poinsettias is the perfect holiday accessory for your door. Step away from the red and green and introduce a little melon, mint, navy, and ivory to your world. The mint pulls just the right amount of holiday OOMPH needed. Your door will thank you. (Downloadable template included at bottom of post!)
To make your own Paper Poinsettia Wreath you’ll need:
- poinsettia template (download at bottom of this post)
- cardstock sheets in 3-4 different colors
- hole punch
- hot glue and gun
Download the template and use it to trace out all of your poinsettias and leaves. You need two actual poinsettia cut-outs for one whole poinsettia flower. Punch a hole through the center of each flower. Lightly bend each petal in half alternating directions. Do 1 or 2 facing up and then 1 facing down, etc.
Cut out green leaves and bend petals in half as well. Layer all petals together and place a small circle and a brad at the top. Spread the brad’s legs (I have a feeling that is NOT the proper terminology…) to hold all layers of flower together. Wrap your wreath form with some pretty ribbon and hot glue each poinsettia to wreath form. Let petals and leaves overlap to make it look big and full. Like Santa. He’s big and full.
Attach to your door with a wreath hanger and admire. Too bad the trick-or-treaters don’t come around this time of year. They’d go crazy for this one. Hopefully you’ll get some Christmas carolers.
Download the template here: Paper Poinsettia
photo cred: Ashley Swapp Photography